This is not a blog about sports nor am I looking to pick a fight. However, the question of “Who’s Side Are You On?” is very important.
Joshua asked the Lord Jesus Christ this question as he appeared as the Captain of the Lord’s Army at the border of the city of Jericho:
“Are you for us or for our enemies?”
Joshua realized that the Israelites were certain to win if the Lord was on their side and destined for defeat if He fought against them.
“Neither,” he replied, “but as commander of the army of the LORD I have now come.”
God didn’t come to choose sides, He came to take over. The question remains, “who’s side are you on?”
“Then Joshua fell facedown to the ground in reverence, and asked him, “What message does my Lord have for his servant?” Joshua 5:14
Joshua quickly understood that because he was a delegated leader. He, too, needed to demonstrate being a good follower. So he asked Jesus what He wanted him to do. The answer was, “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua obeyed. Great leaders must also be great followers. Great leaders must be submitted to someone else over and above themselves. Even Abraham paid tithes above to the priest of Salem, Melchizedek. We all have to learn to lead and live up.
This is a challenge for many leaders and people who are given titles or responsibilities. Sadly, a lot of people change their personalities and expressions once they are given leadership tasks. Some reveal their hidden motives of control and show signs of open or hidden disrespect for the very person who appointed them all together. If you don’t believe this, then I challenge you to recall Lucifer and his fall from heaven. Recall Aaron and his creation of the golden calf.
Be careful that the same spirit of pride that attached itself to these leaders does not affect and infect you too. You could be guilty of fighting against your appointed leader and more so, you could be fighting against God. If you do, you are certain to lose. So, whose side are you on?